Ann Coulter offered a surprising defense of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care law -- affectionately dubbed 'Romneycare' -- on Wednesday.
In a blog post featured on her website, entitled "Three Cheers For Romneycare!", she explains, "If only the Democrats had decided to socialize the food industry or housing, Romneycare would probably still be viewed as a massive triumph for conservative free-market principles -- as it was at the time."
Coulter is a vocal supporter of Romney's 2012 run. The presidential candidate has backed away from the law he spearheaded as governor of Massachusetts in an effort to distance himself from the GOP-detested health care legislation that President Obama signed into law in 2010. Critics of Romney have linked the two laws in an effort to paint him as a moderate.
In her post, Coulter lays out what she sees as a basic distinction between the Massachusetts law and the federal law. "One difference between the health care bills is that Romneycare is constitutional and Obamacare is not," writes Coulter.
Jonathan Gruber, one of the economists Romney hired to help craft the Massachusetts health care law, recently told Capital New York that the two laws are "the same f***ing bill."
Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner slammed Coulter's comments as "shameful" and accused her of "defend[ing] big government social welfare policy as conservative and treat[ing] conservatives like they're too dumb to understand the difference."